13
Aug
07

Restoring history in China

However, one Chinese delegate and prominent heritage expert privately described Xi’an as a dismal Chinese version of Disneyland. Xi’an, the delegate posited, is not cultural history, but invented fantasy. This recurring formula of historical reinvention and reinterpretation is a highly effective method of validating current demolition in the name of progress. In Shanghai, this formula has been executed at the site of the first congress of the Communist Party, now attached to a prosaic tourist and shopping complex known as Xin Tian Di.

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